Pastry Chef Biagio Settepani's confections are so good he once made a birthday cake for Pope Benedict XVI. For the throwdown, Biagio made a cannoli filled with poor man’s custard ricotta and topped with candied oranges. Feeling hungry? The eatery serves brunch, lunch and dinner.
At The Good Fork in Brooklyn, Sohui Kim's pork-and-chive-stuffed dumplings with her dark soy dipping sauce quickly became a local favorite. Bobby tried his best to create a better dumpling on Throwdown, but Sohui's reigned supreme.
On Food Network's Throwdown with Bobby Flay, Bobby tries his hand at Jamaican cuisine with Mobay Uptown Restaurant in Harlem, NY, where they are cooking up a delicate, Fried Fish Escovitch.
Chef Colette Burnette's claim to fame is her trini-tamarind chicken wings, which beat 16 other competitors and won the "Best Wings in Brooklyn" competition. The wings are marinated for 24 hours before Colette serves them with her secret lava sauce. Her pineapple jerk wings are also popular.
Giada De Laurentiis is crazy for Churros Con Cajeta, a doughnut-like confection filled with sweet caramel, at La Casita Mexicana. Another standout is the Flautas Tres Moles, chicken-stuffed tortillas that are deep-fried and smothered in three distinct chile-based sauces, including La Casita’s 43-ingredient mole poblano.
It took Bobby a while to match the Schnipper brothers' Sloppy Joe recipe on Throwdown. For the Schnippers, a Sloppy Joe was the perfect retro food for their NYC joint. Relive the good old days with their burgers and milkshakes, or fries done four ways: regular, cheese, sloppy and sweet potato.
Located on the legendary Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, NY, Mike's Deli has been proudly serving patrons authentic Italian eats for more than 50 years. Their famous eggplant parmesan garnered the attention of Bobby Flay and the Throwdown crew; made daily with fresh mozzarella, it should not be missed.
In Charleston, S.C., Peninsula Grill Chef Robert Carter's specialty is the coconut cake: a 12-layer, 12-pound behemoth of a cake. This treat also happens to be one of Bobby's all-time favorite desserts, so he couldn't wait to challenge Chef Carter on Throwdown.
Kentucky-bred brothers Joe and John Castro are renowned for The Hot Brown at its original home in The Brown Hotel in Louisville, Ky. Craving the classic or an upscale twist? The hotel’s two restaurants serve up thoroughbred-quality fare that crossed the Throwdown finish line in first place.
Swiss Amaretto Almond is Julia Reynolds' weapon of choice. At The Ice Cream Man in Greenwich, N.Y., she's churned out 300+ homemade ice cream flavors that make crowds scream. Even Bobby couldn't resist a double dip of her Classic Vanilla with Granny Smith Apple Topping during their sundae Throwdown.
Jeff Sommers is churning out some of the United States' most innovative frozen treats at Izzy's Ice Cream Cafe in Saint Paul, Minn., called "the Best Ice Cream Shop in America." Sweet combos like Jeff's Hot Brown Sugar with Pecans have won him awards, magazine features and even a Throwdown victory.